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George Colony  

Founder, Chairman, and CEO of the Forrester Research Company

During his 25-year career, George has become a trusted advisor to CEOs of leading global companies by providing forward-looking and pragmatic analysis on the impact of technology change on business.

Under George's leadership, Forrester operates with the vision that "technology changes everything" business, society, government, and consumers. Since Forrester's inception in 1983, its commitment to this vision has created one of the most successful technology research firms worldwide, garnering accolades from Forbes magazine as one of the "200 best small companies in America" for five consecutive years.

George's "direct approach and refreshing candor," as noted by BusinessWeek, is one of the key reasons why executives seek his guidance on technology strategies, IT and personal technology trends, and on a range of leadership issues. Throughout his career, George has made provocative, tenacious, and groundbreaking technology calls, including the birth of client/server computing, the dot-com implosion, the rise of Social Computing, and the burgeoning opportunities enabled by the extended Internet (X Internet), which connects the physical world of things to the digital world of information.

George has participated in the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, for the past five years. There, he has spoken on panels covering key business technology issues, such as the demise of the Internet bubble, the future of open source, and the evolution of global Innovation Networks. George has also addressed other national and international audiences, including the 2006 Fortune Brainstorm conference in Aspen, Colo.; the Houston CIO Summit; the Fortune Global Forum 2005 in Beijing; the SBS Seoul Digital Forum 2005; the United Nations conference: "Net World Order: Bridging the Global Digital Divide"; and the ICT World Forum @ CeBIT, the most prestigious IT and communications event in Europe.

George's analysis has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, The Economist, Wired, Business Week, Forbes, The Financial Times, and The New York Times, among numerous other publications, and he has been interviewed on prominent broadcast outlets like CNN, CNBC, and National Public Radio.

George was a 2006 recipient of the national Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year Award" in the Services category.


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